Paul Merson has begun drawing up a list of alternative targets if the Julian Joachim deal falls through and one of the names is Everton’s teenage sensation James Vaughan.
The 16 year old is unable to sign a professional contract until his next birthday, was born and bred in Birmingham and Merson believes that a loan would be an attractive proposition for David Moyes, who blooded the youngster last season, when he became Everton’s youngest ever scorer aganst Crystal Palace, breaking you-know-who’s record.
In fact, he, in one fell swoop, broke the following records:
1. The youngest ever Everton senior player. He broke Joe Royle’s record as Everton’s youngest post-war player by 11 days.
2. The youngest ever Everton League goalscorer. He beat a certain Wayne Rooney who was 16 years, 361 days on 19/10/02 when he scored against Arsenal.
3. The youngest ever Premiership scorer. He beat James Milner, then at Leeds, by 86 days.
4. The youngest ever Premiership player to score on his debut.
He also managed a goal in each of his first two games for England under-17s. He is nearly 6 foot and scored 7 goals in 16 outings for the Toffee’s reserves last season.
WRACK SIGNS NEW CONTRACT
Meanwhile, back at Bescot, Darren Wrack has signed his three year extension this afternoon, according to the Official Site. The Cleethorpes born winger turned central midfielder has been with the club since 1998, so this contract extension will take him up to a testimonial season.
Unusually in this day and age, Wrack will become the second player after Jimmy Walker to earn a testimonial in recent seasons and, in the process and injuries permitting, this will move him well up the all time appearance list for the Saddlers from his current 300 odd.